34th Street East Theatre

241 E. 34th Street,
New York, NY 10016

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Mikeoaklandpark on June 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Per December 12 , 2015 post the synopsis should be updated to demolished.

Garth on June 3, 2017 at 9:36 am

Pretty sure this was where I saw Star Trek – The Motion Picture in ‘79. I know I visited several times in my youth.

jarkin on February 9, 2016 at 4:29 am

I actually watched ‘Kull the Conqueror’ here. Never imagined it would be the last time I’d see a film there. It’s undergoing a total gutting now, after having served as a lecture hall(?) for Yeshiva U.’s girl’s division. It will become another tasteless piece of dreck high-rise like everything else in the area.

PhillyNative on December 12, 2015 at 8:54 am

Demolished Fall 2015. It closed as a performance space about 2-3 years ago and the entrance doors were replaced by a metal roll gate. This past fall it was demolished for a residential tower. (My workplace shuttle van route frequently passes this area.)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2013 at 2:39 am

Half a dozen photos of the 34th Street Theatre appear on this page of the April, 1964, issue of International Projectionist. (Enlarge the images by clicking on the + sign in the toolbar at lower right corner of the page.)

TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Nice marquee photos.

BradE41 on August 10, 2009 at 8:05 pm

It is sad seeing these single screen theatres gone. They had so much more personality than the Monster-Plexes of today.

Kieranx on January 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I can remember hanging out in the city for the day as a kid in the summer of 1985 and going to see Pee Wee’s Big Adventure here Or it might have been Real Genius. What I do remember distinctly is falling in love with an extra large movie poster for Dance With a Stranger that was plastered up on a fence near the theater and peeling it off and running like mad because I was afraid a cop would catch me for stealing, then ducking into the 34th Street East to see one of those two movies.

KingBiscuits on June 28, 2008 at 1:44 am

I wonder if there were any Night Of The Living Dead prints in the basement.

Rollerena on June 27, 2008 at 11:31 pm

I grew up on 36th street so I saw many, many movies here. I’ll always remember seeing Caberet there with my Mom. JAWS opened there and I must have seen that 10 times. War and Peace played there and if you bought a ticket you saw ½ one day and ½ the following day.

dave-bronx™ on December 10, 2007 at 7:00 pm

The 34th St. East Theatre was/is located closer to 2nd Ave. on the north side of the street. The 34th St. Theatre you are referring to, near the 3rd Ave El, later became the Murray Hill Theatre, which was just off 3rd Ave. to the west on the south side of the street.

jflundy on December 10, 2007 at 4:42 pm

There is an excellent color photograph of the marquee of the 34th Street Theater which was located on E.34th close by Third Avenue. You can descend from the EL station and be a few feet from the marquee.
The photo is in the second edition of “By the El” by Lawrence Stelter, photos by Lothar Stelter, currently in print. An excellent book of color photos circa 1949-1953, taken along Third Avenue and adjacent streets.
The photo shows a marquee of 1930’s vintage, outlined in yellow with incandescent bulbs of yellow, name in red neon, white glass attraction board with black letters proclaiming the main feature as “Kangaroo” with Peter Lawford, circa 1953.

oodygdin on November 6, 2007 at 6:11 pm

Thank you Warren. I thought that might be the building mentioned. I looked something like the other former power station that still survives on Third and 99th Street.

DavidHurlbutt on November 6, 2007 at 9:24 am

The Shop on Main Street (aka The Shop on High Street)had a long run at the 34th Street East.

oodygdin on November 5, 2007 at 10:45 pm

Was this theater the building that was once the Third Avenue el substation mentioned in the the book about that line called “By the El”?

efriedmann on June 22, 2007 at 11:23 am

I went to only one movie at this theater; David Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY.

edtroy on February 27, 2007 at 5:39 pm

dave-bronx is correct. I began going to the Murray Hill in the early 50’s. It was orgianlly a vaudville house and was there in total for over 100 years. This included at least one fire and one ceiling collapse.

dave-bronx™ on February 27, 2007 at 4:24 pm

It was only 1 block; but I am responding to William’s 5/2/06 entry above.

Paul Noble
Paul Noble on February 27, 2007 at 3:42 pm

The 34th Street East was two blocks east of the Murray Hill Theater.

dave-bronx™ on February 27, 2007 at 3:34 pm

The 34th St Theatre, mentioned above, was the previous name of the Murray Hill Theatre – Rugoff named it MH when he took over and renovated it. A photo of the old 34th St/MH can be seen here:
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edtroy on February 27, 2007 at 2:14 pm

All of the comments mention for the 34Street East are accurate. I was an Usher there from 1964 for about 18 months. Got to wear a Tux and got free passes to any Theatre in Manhattan. Most impressive to the girls.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 20, 2006 at 11:55 am

The day-and-date policy between the 34th Street East and Little Carnegie was alive and well in March of 1982 when Burt Lancaster watched Susan Sarandon bathe her breasts with lemons in this melancholy Louis Malle film:

Daily News 3/6/82